Saturday, April 13, 2013

Challenge - Fly

I finally finished a challenge on time! The current Simon Says Stamp and Show blog challenge is "Fly."  My interpretation is this birthday card

The image is from Dover's Classic Tattoo Designs clip art book.  Colored with Copics (24 of them!), a couple of Sakura Glaze and glitter pens, and some Glossy Accents on the eyes and lips.

Paper butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch, and the brass charm is from Lindy's Stamp Gang.

The card base is a plain white cardstock that I sprayed with several Lindy's mists.  And a little bling in the corners.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

A new card

Feels like forever since I've been busy with paper.  Obviously it's been forever since I blogged!  Trying to get back into it and do some challenges.  So - here's a quick birthday card for a friend who likes bears as much as I do.
  • The photo I took at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center a couple months ago.  Threw it threw some filters and adjustments in Photoshop and printed on plain white cardstock to give it a more artsy look.
  • The background of the card is smudged with Distress Ink - Peeled Paint and Frayed Burlap.  I really like mixing colors, it generally adds a lot more interest and dimension than a single color will.
  • The quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson, cut out with Nesties Labels 4, and I trimmed the top and bottom to make it fit.
  • For the quote block, I couldn't find my ink blenders so I used an alcohol ink felt thingy and just dabbed the ink on - I love the spattered effect.  Salty Ocean and Squeezed Lemonade are probably my two favorite Distress Ink colors so I'm really happy they're becoming permanent!!
  • A crystal brad, some foam adhesive dots, and it's a card!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


I discovered Octopode Factory recently, very unique digistamps, and I just HAD to find an excuse to get one.  Enter my friend Amy who is having a birthday is this week.  (By the way, Amy if you're reading this please STOP NOW and LEAVE!  You can come back and look after your birthday, lol.)

After much debate with myself, and perusing the challenge blogs for some inspiration, I decided on Marie Antoinette.

Toolbox included Copics, Sakura Glaze pens, Sakura glitter pen, Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold, Nestability Curved Rectangles, Nestability Labels Four, Sizzix Birthday Surprise embossing folder, various ink pads, and Versamark watermark stamp pad (I'm not sure where the stamp itself is from).

My inspiration came from the following challenges:
Stamping Vacation, What's New, Cupcake?
Stamping Vacation, Start Here with Any Nestability
Stamping Vacation, You Name the Challenge  (I also challenged myself here to make a gate-fold card, something I'd never done before.)
Copic Creations, Your Favorite Copic Technique  (My favorite "technique" is really just coloring and blending - boring, maybe, but fun!)
Creatalicious, Two Tone/Colours

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Men are hard to make cards for, no doubt about it.  My husband is having a Major Birthday this weekend.  Tough enough already, then I figured since it's a weekend-long thing I should make THREE cards, one for each night.  I'm just crazy that way.  It was a kinda stressful decision considering that until yesterday I still only had one card made.  But desperation and a couple of blog challenges helped pull me through.

Friday night: the symphony.  We go a few times a year but for this I got seats in a front box.  Wow!  Amazing sound.  This card is 6"x6", a random cardstock with slight colored flecks in it, the music staff is Microsoft clip art that I turned into a cut file for my Gazelle, flat black cardstock.  Background stamp is Modern Lines from Hero Arts with Distress Ink in Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye and Faded Jeans.  Quote from Nietzche, font is Future is Back, printed on vellum and adhered to a fibery handmade paper, both cut with Nestabilities Label Two.

Saturday night:  fancy restaurant.  We don't eat out often but when we do we like to really splurge.  A fancier card is called for.  Incy Wincy and Paper Sundaes both have Embossing as the challenge, and I just picked up the Tim Holtz folder in Rays, I was dying to use it.  Then I recalled a card I had seen on a blog recently - sadly, I can't find it, but this is my rendition of it.  (If you know the card and the maker please let me know so I can give credit!)  Embossed a generic purchased 4.25"x5.5" card blank, Distress Ink in Mustard Seed rubbed all over it, then scribbled a little color in the depressions - I used Copic RV11 and B0000.  Needs something else .... hmmm, the Do You Stack Up Challenge Blog recommends shine and sparkle this week!  Men need glitter, too.  So, a liberal spraying of Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold.  Done!  Sparkle is hard to photograph but you can see it a little better in the second pic.

Sunday night:  homemade cupcakes at home with presents, maybe a tiki drink, maybe a movie.  DH is the baker/dessert maker in our household, but I'm afraid he is trusting me to make the cupcakes.  Should be interesting, lol.  I have a lot more confidence in this card.  The image is a vintage one digitized by TLC, colored with Copics (sorry, I don't have the list! I must have tossed it when I cleaned).  Red Bazzill bling cardstock embossed with Cuttlebug's Diamond Plate folder and cut with Nesty Curved Rectangles.  The label is a random denim-textured blue paper with a lighter kraft, Sizzix Bookplates die, and a couple of bright blue eyelets.  Purchased kraft card blank, oven mitt stamp from the Crafty Secrets 'Little Chef' set, with Distress Ink Faded Jeans and Tea Dye.  Manly enough for the All About Him challenge on Drunken Stampers?  I know my man will like it, and that's enough.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Copics and the Perfect Crafting Pouch

Over on the forums recently, Amy Roszak asked if anyone had ever tried the Perfect Crafting Pouch with Copic markers.  Amy, if you don't know, is the inventor of this magic little product that helps stop ink from smearing, dries ink more quickly, acts as a release agent for molding compounds, etc. etc.  It's similar to an old-school graphic arts product called Pounce.  You can check it out on her website

I have the pouch but I don't use it a lot.  Right now for printing I'm using an HP Photosmart D7560 with their Vivera inks and for the most part I don't have any problems with ink running or with drying time.  However some papers are almost impossible to print on and ink bleeds like crazy - like a vellum parchment I'm very fond of using for srapbook journalling - and with these the pouch is absolutely essential.

So when Amy posed the question about using the pouch with Copics, the general consensus was - if you use the right paper then Copics don't bleed, the powder will clog the marker tips, and just use the right ink for stamping.  All good points ... but you know what?  When there's a "right" way to do something I immediately start thinking of "wrong" ways to do it.  I'm cantankerous that way.  Sometimes I don't want to use the "right" paper.  There are too many gorgeous papers out there with lovely colors and textures, I hate feeling limited in my choices.  And knowing that the tips are easily replaced if the powder does clog it, I had to test this out.

First I did just a simple color swatch on 3 papers - a generic fibrous cardstock, Neenah Solar White, and Cryogen White.  I used R27 Cadmium Red since the reds are the most bleedy of the colors.  Right away you can see that using the powder does help with the bleeding and leaves a crisper line.  Interesting.

Next test - blending.  Neenah Solar White on top, same random cardstock on bottom.  I'm a messy colorer so the variations in each swatch are due to my "technique."  The powder did not lead to any evident problems with blending, and again it did keep the bleeding down.  I have a tendency to heavily saturate my paper with ink when coloring, so this test leads me to think that especially with reds and especially with paper that tends to bleed, using the pouch might be a very good idea.

Next test:  coloring an image.  For this I chose a digitstamp from Priscilla Styles, and a random rubber stamp.  (Sunflower with Y08, Y06, Y11, Y000, E53, E34, E000; flourish with R32, R35, R0000.  Don't look too closely, I've never been one to color inside the lines, lol.)  However I got an unexpected and unpleasant result here - on the side treated with the powder the ink ran when I started coloring.  It's really bad on the random cardstock.  I let the ink dry for several minutes on the other two samples and even hit them with a blast from my heat gun for a minute, but it didn't solve the problem.  The running ink isn't as bad on the Neenah, but it's still obviously muddy.  The stamped Memento ink was the most successful but it too muddied a bit with coloring.

Bottom line - I do think using the pouch will come in handy in some situations, but I would probably avoid digistamps, or at least approach them very cautiously.  You may have a different experience if you have a different printer with different inks.  For using "wrong" papers with rubberstamped images or possibly with hand-drawn images (still need to test inks/pencils for this last) the pouch is definitely a new tool in my coloring box.  And I don't feel that the powder clogged my marker tips at all.  Again - your experience may vary so do some testing of your own before starting a real project.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Thank you cards

Happy holidays and Happy New Year!  The last two months were insanely busy with holiday stuff, shopping, decorating, cooking, etc. etc.  It was wonderful, but I'm glad to get back to crafting!

First up - thank you cards.  I'm posting these for two challenges - Incy Wincy's Challenge 75: ATCs as well as the Simply Scrapping Crafts CAS Challenge: Thank You.  Both of these are completely digitally designed, ATC-sized 3.5"x2.5", and printed on Cryogen White paper for a little sparkle.  I'll jot a little personal note on the back with a Sakura gel pen (so as not to create an indent).  I've posted the digi images here, not a photo of the printed result.  ATC size turned out to be quite challenging, but a lot of fun, I'll definitely be doing more of them!

Supplies used:  background paper from Psodie (Delice Tropical kit).  Cloud by Noshay.  Silver circle bit from Thaliris.  Green glitter bit from NatashaNaSt.  Photo corner from Gunhild.  Tag from The Queen and The Princess Back To Basics.  Font is Jandles.

Supplies used:  background paper from M Bennett (One Love kit).  Flower from Ange.  Flourish from Ptitesouris.  Font is Nice Written.  I'm sorry to say I don't know where the tag is from (I try to stay organized but I do lose things occasionally).

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Up up and away!

Holiday birthdays can be good because you automatically get time off work and everyone's already in a festive party mood .... but it's also easy to get overlooked and have your celebration just lumped in with the general festivities.  For instance - THREE of my nephews have birthdays within a week of christmas, how awful is that?  So I always work extra hard to make sure the birthday parts are distinct from the christmas parts - different wrapping paper, different cards, etc.

For my friend Shirley's birthday, right around Thanksgiving, I wanted to make sure her card was different from the season's autumn theme and fall colors.  Shirley is the one who really got me started on Copics, so I also had to color something on her card.  I was thinking about cake and balloons ... and balloons ... and then I found this fabulous stamp set from Just Some Lines at  Perfect!

The girl is colored with W5, R20, R23, G20, BG23, BG10, E00, E50, E53, E34.  The bird with B21, B24, G09, YR04.  And the balloons with Y11, Y15, R32, R35, B12, B14.  They're both applied to the card with thick foam adhesive dots.

The background is a digiscrap paper from NatashaNaSt Designs.  The font is LT Oksana, and the quote "you can't put your feet on the ground until you've touched the sky" is from author Paul Auster.  Some SEI paper for the body of they card, and I used the Martha Stewart corner rounder punch on two of the edges.

Handily, after I made this card I discovered that MyGrafico is having a christmas giveaway competition, wish me luck!
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

LO with Champagne

Just a quick post to show the LO I made with the champagne bottle I shared with you the other day.  (The bucket and shovel will be coming soon!)  All the shadowing was done with Copics.  It's cut down the center because it's the cover of a 4-page set, using one of C-Line's shutter-fold page protectors, very fun to work with!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


I have something really fun for you guys today.  I was working on a New Year's Eve scrapbook page today (from only last New Year's, I'm not too far behind, huh?), but I got distracted with making a champagne element.  I'll share the LO when I finish it, but in the meantime I wanted to share the champagne!

It's my first zipped download so do let me know if you have any issues.  Included you'll find a PNG template, a layered PSD file, and a Funtime WPC cutting file.  I'd love to see what you make with this.


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Hallowe'en!!

Candy candy candy candy candy!!

Okay ... calm down ... deeeeep breath ....

Halloween is about more than candy - there's also the Great Pumpkin, Addam's Family and Munsters marathons, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.  It's a time when adults can dress up in costumes and pretend to be anything we like.  We're allowed to be gothic and unreservedly goofy.  It's practically a religion here in San Francisco.

For DH and me it's the beginning of the holiday season - all of which is serious fun, lots of romance, and quite a few traditions.  Since we're terrible home-bodies Halloween is about a lovely dinner and watching our favorite movie, NBC.  And in honor of the occasion I made him this card:

The background is all digiscrapped with Raspberry Road's fab new Haunted Dreams kit, with the exception of the tree in the window which is from NewLifeDesigns.  All printed on Cryogen White paper.

Sally was drawn by Simply Betty Stamps.  She's colored with Copics:  G20, G24; E09, YR07, YR02, E34; V01, V05, V06, BG 72, BG78, Y32, Y35, Y38.  The cauldron is from Priscilla Styles, also colored with Copics:  C3, C5, C7; E37, E59, E53; Y15, YR04, R08.

I didn't have any thick foam adhesive, so Sally and the cauldron are elevated off the page with a couple of folded paper springs.  All on plain orange cardstock.  Inside is this sentiment:

The font is Burton's Nightmare with a couple of photoshop layer styles and printed on vellum, and "Spell" is spelled out with the new Bones chipboard Thickers.

Entered in the Oh Alice! Halloween in Wonderland challenge and the Simply Betty/Burtonesque Dolls 12th Day of Halloween witch challenge.  Sally's not a traditional crone-warty-pointy-hat type of gal, but with her skill at herbs and potions she is obviously a witch.  (I still regret not buying the Deadly Nightshade canister when we were in Disneyland.)  Also the Incy Wincy Designs Anything Goes challenge.

What spooky fun did you have today?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Skater birthday card

My nephew's turning 12 already.  Gah!  He just got an xbox so we got him a skateboard game, and of course I had to make a coordinating card.

The skater image is from Sports Clip Art - check them out, they're free!  And lots of silhouettes, which transfer easily to a die-cut.  I used two free fonts - Graffonti for the name, and Degrassi for the "Happy Birthday, Dude!" on the base.

My new camera really picks up the sparkle from the Cryogen White cardstock!!  Colored with Copics:  B39, B26, B14, B12, BG01, YR04, YR07; and white Signo pen to accent.  The blue background paper is plain cardstock stamped with a Stamp Camp image using Versamark Watermark ink; I decorated the envelope with the same stamp.

Think this'll make me the favorite aunt for a while?